More detailed water conservation tips are available online in a brochure format from the Texas Water Development Board:
Here's how you can make a difference:
In The Kitchen:
Install faucet aerators to reduce water consumption.
Use a dishpan for washing and rinsing dishes. Scrape dishes rather than rinsing before washing.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a partially filled sink or pan instead of running water from the tap.
Don't use running water to thaw food.
Operating appliances (dishwashers and clothes washers) when full can save up to 600 gallons each month. Newer water-efficient washing machines can save up to 20 gallons per load.
Front loading clothes washers use 1/2 the water, 1/3 less detergent and 1/3 less energy than top loading machines.
Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator rather than running the faucet for cool water on a hot day.
Designate one glass for your drinking glass each day. You'll run your dishwasher less often.
In The Bathroom:
Replace old toilets and showerheads with low-flow fixtures if your home was built before 1992. Switching to water-efficient fixtures can save the average household several dollars on water and sewer bills.
Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. You may save 20 gallons of water per day for every leak that is fixed.
Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction may save up to 700 gallons of water per month.
Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. You may save 400 to 600 gallons of water per month.
Test toilets for leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet in the tank, but do not flush the toilet. If the coloring appears in the toilet bowl, the toilet has a silent leak.
Turning the water off when brushing your teeth, shaving, and washing hands can save approximately 4 gallons per minute or 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
Insulate all hot water pipes to reduce the delays (and wasted water) while waiting for the water to heat up.
Water plants during early morning or evening hours to minimize evaporation.
Install a watering timer with automatic shut-off or use your kitchen timer to notify you when to shut off your sprinklers.
Using an automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose while washing your car may save more than 100 gallons of water.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways.
Check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks. Repair any leaks as soon as possible.
Only water your lawn when needed.
Use the water from cleaning your fish tank on your plants.
Know where all your shut off valves are located before an emergency occurs. This could save several gallons of water and possible damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.
For more information call (903) 935-4435 or contact:
Delois Thompson - Water Billing Manager
401 S. Alamo St.
Marshall, Texas 75670